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TO BE A FAE QUEEN
(Realm Chronicles Book 1)
by Award-Winning Author Tricia Copeland
The last of her line, a faerie princess prepares to take the throne. But multiple forces plot against her, some trusted friends…
After losing her brothers Titania trained and studied to rule Aubren. But she hadn’t planned on becoming Queen at fifteen. Now with her reign challenged from within the castle walls she must decide what is best for her country. Should another rule in her stead? Or has fate led her to this moment?
Only she can decide a path that becomes littered with choices. Should she marry to shore up her reign? Will naming a successor be enough? And what of the creatures of the deep and a tale of one who can end all evil? Faced with a decision of aiding beings of Upper Earth she must weigh whether to follow her gut or side with tradition.
Can Titania trust that her inner power will be enough to stop the looming evil? Or is she damning them all to a life of darkness?
To Be a Fae Queen is a magical journey into the realm of Middle Earth. If you like fearless heroines you’ll love Tricia Copeland’s tantalizing fantasy.
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Excerpt from To Be A Fae Queen:
Morning of the eve of my coronation, I wait with Father, Mother, and Alfreda in front of the castle to greet Mother’s family from Bedham. Their carriage stops in front of the bricked walk, and King Herman, my mother’s brother, and Queen Natasha; along with Prince Jakub, next in line to the throne; and his wife, Annabelle, step out. I note how their coloring matches Mother’s. With light skin and fair hair and wings, one may not even see them crossing the sky. Since no other carriages follow, I wonder where Mother’s sisters are. We were told all three would attend with their families.
I approach King Herman, curtsey, and kiss each of his cheeks. “King Herman, Uncle, I am happy to see you. Thank you for coming.”
He steps back and bows. “Titania. My, you have grown since I last saw you.”
“Herman, you forget your manners. Titania is a queen now, and you should address her as such.” Natasha kisses my cheek.
Taking a step to the right, I dip my chin. “Welcome, Prince Jakub. It has been too long.”
“Yes, Queen.” He bows. “Allow me to introduce my wife, Annabelle.”
Annabelle curtsies and kisses each side of my face. “It is wonderful to meet you. We have heard so much about you.”
I force a smile, hoping the news is not negative. “I am sorry to have missed your wedding.”
“It was a small affair.” Jakub supplies.
I guess his words are meant to ease my guilt at my inability to attend the event. For a year following my brothers’ deaths, being in crowds triggered crippling fits. My heart raced out of control and breathing became labored. Jakub’s wedding represents one of many state events I missed that year. Jakub holds the honor of being the firstborn son, and therefore, he will succeed his father. Four years my elder, I remember playing with Jakub as a child. He took cues from my brothers, treating me as one of them—which I appreciated because most boys tended not to. I am happy he joins us as it may not be long before he succeeds his father, and we will rule neighboring kingdoms.
Watching King Herman and Natasha greet Father then my stoic mother makes my side tick. It saddens me that none of Mother’s sisters have come as they said they would. I thought they might aid in pulling Mother from her shell. But after three years, I should accept that hope on this front may be misplaced.
Alfreda calls for attendants to help with the bags, and we show the four to their chambers, informing them there will be lunch in the garden and lawn games following. I leave our guests to unpack and rest from their journey. Hearing a bugle sound, alerting a guest’s arrival, I weave through the passages to the front entrance.
Father joins me, squinting as the occupants step from the carriage. “I cannot believe they came.”
“Who is it?”
“My distant cousin, Victor, and his son—”
“Quinn.” I swallow. “I did not realize we invited them.”
“I told Alfreda to be all inclusive. But we did not receive a reply to the invitation. I have not seen Victor since we were children.”
I lift my skirt and walk towards the pair as they approach. “Cousins Victor and Quinn, welcome.”
With coloring, warm mahogany hair and dark green wings, matching that of Father’s family, the two stop before me and bow.
Kissing my cheek, Victor steps before Father and wraps both arms around him. “It has been too long, Oberon. Please, meet my son, Quinn.”
Quinn tips his chin and bows to Father. “I am happy to make your acquaintance.” His eyes cut to me and back to Father. “Both of you.”
With broad shoulders and muscled arms, Quinn looks nothing like I pictured him. Especially for one whose family holds no trade. Most royals without title serve as advisors or judges, and Victor holds a judge’s position in a small shire on the western isle of Bedham. I would expect Quinn to hold the same, but he appears to use his muscles often.
Refocusing on Victor, I remember Alfreda’s instructions on welcoming guests. “Please, come this way. We did not expect you, but I believe there are available chambers near your King, Herman. We will be having lunch with them at noon, and it would be nice for you to join us.”
Quinn flanks me as we proceed to the castle entrance. “I have heard much about you, cousin. It is an honor to meet you. You are a legend in Bedham, and I am guessing all through the realm.”
My face flushes. “Legends are not always complimentary. What do they say of me to the north?”
“That you are strong and brave, smart, tactful, thoughtful, just, and above all—and to this I can now attest—most beautiful.”
Cheeks flaming, I fold my hands in front of my waist. “Thank you. You are very kind. I expected there to be rumors of me being some sort of female brute of a giant with arms the size of tree trunks.”
Meet Award-Winning Author Tricia Copeland
Tricia believes in finding magic. She thinks magic infuses every aspect of our lives, whether it is the magic of falling in love, discovering a new passion, a beautiful sunset, or a book that transports us to another world. An avid runner and Georgia native, Tricia now lives with her family and four-legged friends in Colorado. Find all her titles from contemporary romance and fantasy, to dystopian fiction at www.triciacopeland.com.
Interview with Tricia Copeland:
Q: Hi, Tricia! Tell us a little more about yourself.
TC: I believe in finding magic. I feel each of us create our own brand of magic. Whether transforming hearts, lives, numbers, ideas, art, music, or simply enjoying nature, we discover magic every day. I aim to write stories that show what is possible when one commits to finding their own version of magic. I grew up in south Georgia but now call Colorado my home. I love hiking, running, and spending time with my family and four-legged friends. My career began in science but creative writing is my passion. If I’m not reading or on a trail, I’m pecking away on my computer.
Q: For those who are new to your books, what is the story about?
TC: To be a Fae Queen is a journey into the realm of Middle Earth. Hidden underneath our world, Upper Earth, is Middle Earth, the Realm of the Fae. They lead simple lives with one purpose, to keep Upper Earth safe from the evil beings of Lower Earth, an abyss holding fated souls and dark angels. Titania stands next in line to ascend to the throne of her Kingdom of Aubren. But when’s she handed the crown at age fifteen, many believe her unfit to rule. She must decide whether to hand her reign to another or follow in the footsteps of her father and forefathers.
Q: Tell us about your heroine. What inspired her quirks and struggles?
TC: Titania is a faerie princess that grew up with four brothers. They are killed in a battle with evil kobold creatures. Her mother hasn’t spoken since their death. Further, she became plagued by panic attacks and has remained isolated in her castle. As last of her family, she’s committed to carrying on the family legacy, becoming ruler of their kingdom. She devotes her time to her studies, fencing, and archery, determined to make her parents proud and honor her brothers’ legacies.
Q: Where did you get the idea for this story?
TC: Titania’s character has an interesting backstory. Her creation began in a peculiar way. I found an anthology with the theme of fantasy characters with mental illness. Being an anorexia survivor the idea appealed to me. I’d already published a fantasy series based on vampires and witches and wanted to do something different. I saw this beautiful image of a faerie and it captivated me. I created a faerie princess who struggled with anxiety and OCD after losing her three brothers to evil kobold, half-dragon-like flying creatures.
Titania came to life in my short stories Titania of the Faye and an updated edition Titania Rises, which I use as a gift for my newsletter subscribers. She made a cameo appearance in the last novel of my Kingdom Journals series. This sparked the idea for creating a full length novel about her struggle to protect her kingdom from these kobold creatures and further to discover where she fit in her world.
Q: Where can our readers find you? (Social media, website, etc.)
Website for free short stories, books, & more: https://triciacopeland.com/
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Thanks for chatting with us today, Tricia Copeland!